Black Men

Riker’s Island Prison Guards Finally Charged in Ronald Spear’s Killing

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By Nigel Boys Although the family of 52-year-old Ronald Spear, who was beaten to death in Rikers Island Prison in New York by a guard in 2012, received a settlement of $2.75 million from the city, they always wanted the officers responsible brought to justice. It appears the Spear’s family may have their wish of bringing “justice for the officers ...

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Dr Roosevelt Mitchell III: Some “black” movies are flat out depressing

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Roosevelt Mitchell III speaks with film director Marcus Small about his latest film, The Melanin Code. The Melanin Code is an instructional video for black people to create a better community and world for the race. The film, inspired by Dr. Umar Johnson and Tariq Nasheed, includes a new “code of conduct” for black people. The code of conduct addresses ...

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Usaama Rahim Planned to Behead Cops so They Shot Him in the Back?


By Nigel Boys Relatives claim that 26-year-old Usaama Rahim was shot in the back while talking on a cell phone on Tuesday, but after being shown a surveillance video, Darnell Williams agreed that he had posed a serious threat to two law enforcement officials. The head of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts was part of a group of clergymen ...

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Dr Boyce Watkins: Leaving academia was scary, but it made me a man

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 7.20.31 PM – Discussing the wealth gap between America’s rich and poor, Dr. Boyce Watkins chalks it up to the fact that “a lot of rich people keep their money in the stock market and poor people don’t.” The observation kicks off the economist’s views on investing in small business during his recent interview with VladTV, plus a discussion on how ...

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Man Sentenced to 27 Years For Killing Malcolm X’s Grandson

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By Victor O. Almost two years after the fatal beating of Malcolm Latif Shabazz, grandson of respected Black Nationalist Malcolm X, a suspect in the murder case has been sentenced to a prison term of 27 years and six months, according to reports. The Final Call reports that the sentencing of one of Shabazz’s suspected murderers, Manuel Alejandro Perez de ...

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Dr Roosevelt Mitchell III: Why are black boys killing themselves?

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Educator Dr Roosevelt Mitchell III discusses the disturbing trend of more black boys killing themselves. Mitchell says that it’s important that we find a way to reverse this trend by loving our sons and making sure that institutions such as the police, schools and prisons aren’t allowed to corrupt or taint their spirits. ...

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Barbershop 3 promises razor sharp comedy


by G. Brown A boxer learns the toughest battles are outside the ring… Michael Ealy is not “The Perfect Guy” and seven short films look at the social injustices facing the Black community. Here are some of the films headed to the theaters and big screens soon in this week’s First Reel Look. Michael Ealy is anything but “The Perfect ...

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Cleveland Community Anxiously Hoping Prosecutor Will Charge Tamir Rice’s Killer

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By Victor Ochieng Last Wednesday, the investigations into the shooting of Tamir Rice was turned over to a county prosecutor. The prosecutor will ask the jury to decide if a White Cleveland patrolman should be criminally charged. On Nov. 22, 2014, Rice, a 12-year-old Black boy, was shot while holding a pellet gun by rookie patrolman Timothy Loehmann outside a ...

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